Do you remember back in March 2010 when Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) famously said, "But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy"? And Pelosi told an audience of Planned Parenthood workers, college students, parents, and children, that she is "very proud" of ObamaCare (1:35 mark). She also, despite over 60 percent of the US population being against ObamaCare, said, "the politics be damned."
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), better known as ObamaCare, to quote John Hayward in a Human Events article, is, "The greatest legislative disaster of the new millennium, ObamaCare, just keeps getting worse." When campaigning in 2008, Obama promised a drop in family health insurance premiums by $2500 annually. But what has actually happened is that the premium amount rose by $3000 since Obama took office. Further, premium amounts have risen more rapidly during the Obama administration than they did during the last four years of the Bush administration. But higher healthcare premiums must be acceptable since Pelosi is "very proud" of ObamaCare. And, in an interview in March 2010, with Brett Baier, Obama said, "What the American people care about is the fact that their premiums are going up 25, 40, 60 percent, and I'm going to do something about it."
And ObamaCare just keeps on giving. "Hospitals who re-admit patients within 30 days after they were discharged will now have to, under an ObamaCare provision, pay fines as of October 1, 2012,...." The little-known provision was put into ObamaCare in order to cut costs, but the result is that many hospitals will now provide substandard care for the poor, the elderly, and the chronically ill. Sunil Kripalani, MD, a professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, who studies hospital readmissions, says, "Among patients with heart failure, hospitals that have higher readmission rates actually have lower mortality rates. So, which would we rather have, a hospital readmission or a death?"
Here is another ObamaCare gift. Darden Restaurants owns Olive Garden and Red Lobster. Darden announced on October 9, 2012, that it is reducing full-time employees in favor of more part-time employees. The employee shift is being tested in four markets to see how well it works. Why? Darden is trying to see if the employee shift works when ObamaCare starts in 2014, when ObamaCare requires that companies provide healthcare to full-time employees. Other industries, such as low profit margin retail, cleaning, and hospitality services, are expected to follow Darden. So, criticise Darden if you want to, but the fact still remains that economic adjustments are being made. Besides, better to have corporations stay in business, providing any jobs, than go out of business, therefore providing no jobs of any kind, by having their costs increase through no action of there own. And Darden Restaurants isn't the only company experimenting.